I have done this myself and sometimes feel like I am spamming my friends.  It isn’t that many names, but it still feels generic enough that i wonder.

The definition of spam per the Encarta dictionary is “an unsolicited, often commercial, message transmitted through the Internet as a mass mailing to a large number of recipients”.  So did all your friends opt-in to your mailings and want it?

Usually your friends have not, and some of them don’t want your bulk email, I am sure they even joke that you are spamming them.

So, what should you do?

Don’t spam them.

If you have something you want to tell your friends, send them an email, each one, one at a time.  If it is important enough for you to send them an individual email you will and they will appreciate it.

If it is too much work and not worth it to send them each an individual email, it was probably friend spam.